MADRID, 27th June, 2016 (WAM) — The center-right Popular Party, led by acting Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, has won the repeat Spanish general election Sunday, but once again fell short of a majority.
The results mirror Spain’s last general election six months ago when no party obtained a majority, according the Spanish international news agency, EFE.
To be able to govern, a party must secure 176 seats in Spain’s 350-seat Parliament.
The Popular Party on Sunday took 137 seats, securing the most votes in all but two of Spain’s political regions and gaining 14 lawmakers in the lower chamber compared to the December 20th, 2015, election.
The Socialist party took the second largest share of votes with 85 seats, but in a shock result lost its traditional strongholds of Andalusia and Extremadura to the Popular Party as well as dropping 5 seats.
Unidos Podemos, a coalition of far-left parties, secured 71 seats.